The legislature unanimously approved a bill sponsored by State Rep. Matt Lesser (D-Durham, Middlefield and Middletown) and the Middletown legislative delegation in the final day of the legislative session that will allow Middletown to join the Mattabassett District.
"Today's vote by the House of Representatives is the last step before the bill goes to Gov. Malloy. This is the culmination of 40 years of discussions and is a win-win for residents, the environment and most of all Middletown's waterfront," said Lesser.
The bill (SB 764) authorizes Middletown to join the Mattabassett District and to use the Mattabassett Water Pollution Control Facility for the town’s wastewater treatment rather than being forced to make costly improvements to Middletown's own WPCF facility.
Lesser noted that that regionalizing will allow Middletown to demolish its own water pollution control facility on the Connecticut River, freeing the land up for potential development.
The non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis estimated this bill will result in a savings to Middletown of approximately $1 million in capital costs.